We all have our draft crushes. I remember when Ezekiel Ansah came out, he was THE GUY I wanted the Detroit Lions to draft. Thankfully, that turned out okay and he ended up being one of the best possible picks in the entire 2013 draft.
But if there’s one thing that Detroit Lions fans know more than anything, it’s heartbreak.
Especially draft day heartbreak.
Whether it’s Andre Ware, Mike Williams, Nick Fairly, Eric Ebron or someone in between.
Heck, even last year, I was pretty disappointed on draft night when the Lions drafted T.J. Hockenson with the eighth overall pick. But he wasn’t close to my worst-case scenario.
With that in mind, today’s question of the day is:
What’s your worst-case scenario on draft day?
My answer: The Lions stay at #3 and draft Derrick Brown
This scenario is bad for multiple reasons. One, it would mean the Lions are unable to find a trade partner and end up stuck with the third overall pick.
Second, it means they couldn’t get Chase Young and then pass on Jeff Okudah.
Third, they take a player who fits the system perfectly in Brown, but won’t make much of an impact in the win column. Derrick Brown is a very talented player, but I don’t think he’s the type of impact player that the Lions need on the defensive line.
Could he be solid? Yep. Will he be outstanding? I’m doubtful.
The NFL has been littered with average defensive tackles taken in the top 10.
And unless you’re Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy, I’m just not sure you deserve to go that high, because the impact they have on the bottom line is fairly low. A player like Brown is sort of like a guy like Damon Harrison Sr. He’s really good at what he does, but he’s not going to impact the opposing quarterback as a three-down player.
If the Lions stand pat and take Brown, I’ll be unhappy. I understand what they’d be trying to do, but it would definitely be my draft day disappointment.